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Food to alleviate age frailty

The population is ageing and many elderly eat too little and get frail. GoIndependent brings Swedish and Japanese scientists together with the aim of developing energy rich and nutritious food which is succulent as well as pleasant to chew and swallow, and retain oral functions.

Aim and goal

The aim of the project is to coordinate activities in Sweden and Japan to develop a system of foods, technology and distribution to alleviate anorexia of aging and thereby frailty thus securing independent living and social participation of senior Citizens.

Challenge

The population is aging and in Sweden over 20% will be over 65 years in 2020. In Japan this figure is already 30%. Age related frailty is a serious threat to independent living and social participation of senior citizens. A main cause is lack of proper food intake, i.e. sufficient energy as well as nutrients, generally referred to as “anorexia of aging”. This leads to malnutrition which in turn leads to weight loss, frailty and finally to nursing homes, hospitalization, disabilities or even Death.

Solution

The project develops a system consisting of foods and processing devices such as 3D-printing to produce adjusted food (energy density, nutrients, consistency, swallowability, taste and flavour) delivered in suitable packaging and portion size. Food to retain oral functionality to stay active during aging is also developed.

Effect

The new food gives sufficient energy for seniors to stay healthy and strong so they can participate socially and remain independent, i.e. age with retained quality of life.

Summary

Project name

GoIndependent

Status

Active

RISE role in project

Coordinator

Project start

Duration

2017-2023

Total budget

9,5 MSEK

Partner

Fuijita Health University, Findus Special Foods, Helsingborgs Kommun, Matsumoto Dental University, Food Care Co, Dalarna University, Natural Machines, Swedish Judo Federation, Animato

Funders

Vinnova

Project website

Supports the UN sustainability goals

3. Good health and well-being
10. Reduced inequalities
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